Greece Records 126% Increase in Passengers Compared to 2020

Greek tourism had another successful month as the number of welcomed passengers and flights for October increased even more, authorities revealed.

According to data provided by the Hellenic Aviation Authority (CAA), during the first 10 months of 2021 the country welcomed 32,057,627 passengers and operated 339,187 flights, of which 200,843 were international, TheSchengen.com reports.

This means that compared to the corresponding season of 2020, there was an increase of 69 percent in the number of passengers, which was set at 18,967,841. In addition, the number of flights also increased from 232,442 in the first 10 months of 2020 to 339,187 this year, which is an increase of 45.9 percent.

In particular, 1,683,723 international passengers were registered during the month of October this year, an increase of 126.9% compared to the same month in 2020. A similar positive trend was also observed in the number of flights, with 45,771 of these registered, representing An increase of 74.6 percent compared to 2020, when 26,208 flights were operated.

The total number of passengers (arrivals/departures) in October of this year was 4,994,121 passengers, an increase of 118.1 percent compared to passenger traffic in October 20, which was 2,290,132 passengers.

However, the numbers are not as impressive as pre-pandemic levels, when travel restrictions were not imposed on passengers globally. Overall, there is a 29.2 percent decrease in aircraft movement observed in the first 10 months of 2019, when the number of flights reached 478,872. Moreover, the number of passengers decreased by 45.7 percent over the same period, during which 59,069,514 passengers were handled.

But welcoming more than 32 million travelers, Greece is proving to be hospitable, and the best destination for British tourists in 2021, the World Travel Market (WTM) previously announced.

In general, the country has been praised by many travel organizations, including the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), as they publicly praised the good management of tourism amid COVID-19 and the launch of a vaccine among the population, which also boosted tourism and the Greek economy.

Moreover, the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, recently stated that the third vaccinations of COVID vaccines should be given six months after the second dose and that the booster should be clearly visible on the vaccination certificate.

“In this way, we will avoid any crack in the wall of immunity that has already been built on our continent,” Prime Minister Mitsotakis said.

Currently, the government can determine the validity of an EU COVID-19 digital certificate, which is issued to fully vaccinated, recovered or individuals who have recently tested negative. However, the redemption certificate has a validity of 180 days.

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